College given degree status
By S. Selvakumar
The University Grants Commission (UGC) will grant
degree awarding status to the Malabe Private Medical
College established two years ago. When this status
is granted it will be the first private university
in Sri Lanka to award the MBBS degree.
When contacted by The Nation Secretary to the
Ministry of Higher Education Dr. Sunil Jayantha
Navaratne said that when the private medical college
affiliated to a Russian University sought permission
from the UGC to award the MBBS degree it sent a team
of officials to Malabe to inspect all aspects there
and following a positive report from the officials
it was agreed to grant the private medical
Asked whether the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC)
would accept the MBBS of a private institution Dr.
Navaratne said the SLMC is a professional body and
it is up to them to recognize the degree or not.
However since the UGC has now agreed to grant the
MBBS degree awarding status to the Malabe Private
Medical College it is likely that the SLMC would
recognize the degree and permit the undergraduates
to undergo clinical training in government
hospitals. At present these medical graduates do
their clinical training in private hospitals.
There are about 200 students studying in this
private medical institution affiliated to the
Russian university and it was estimated that each
student is charged around Rs 6 million for the